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Monday, 27 April 2015

Little Surprises for Tea Time

Spring had come once more to Green Gables....the capricious, reluctant Canadian spring, lingering along through April and May in a succession of sweet, fresh, chilly days, with pink sunsets and miracles of resurrection and growth. ~ LM Montgomery - "Anne of Green Gables"

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday! 

I have missed you all and I want to thank you for your very sweet comments and prayers! You are such a lovely group of friends and it made all the difference having you pray for me and my family.

I want to also welcome my new followers. I am so happy to have you join my little blog!

Although much of my month has been spent in mourning, it is always a good thing to try and pick up the pieces and return to a normal life. My beloved uncle would have wanted that for he enjoyed life to the fullest.

While we were in New Brunswick, much of the snow had melted and a lot of grass is showing. The heavy rains have also helped and I can hear the song sparrows outside my windows. Spring has come at last!

This may not be the most exciting tea post in the world because I have been sick with a cold since returning home. But I hope you will enjoy my share today.

A few weeks ago, Hubby and I went into Winners and I found this sweet little covered sugar bowl. Love the wee tulip on the lid.

A friend is the sugar bowl in the tea party of life,
Sweet and satisfying to the soul. ~ unknown

The matching creamer was also there but I already had it. In fact, I had had the creamer for quite some time. 

As I was washing the sugar bowl, I got looking at the piece and discovered that it not only matched the creamer but also one of my teapots. 

All three pieces are made by Gracie China or Peppertree.

The strange thing about all this is that I had never noticed that the creamer matched the teapot until now! Duh! 

I think perhaps that was because I had always kept the teapot up above the kitchen cabinets and the creamer in another room altogether. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to discover I had a complete tea set! Has that ever happened to you? 

I love little surprises like that!

We thank You, Lord, for blessings
You give us on our way;
May we for these be grateful,
And praise You every day. ~ Roworth

The cup and saucer is Staffordshire made in England and I love the rich green landscape. 

The thing that tickles me most about this tea set is that it will go well with any transferware pieces I have; red/pink, blue, brown, and of course, green. 

Thank you for visiting today. I am always 
delighted when you stop by and if you have 
something tea related, please do share it with us. 
Tea wares, collections such as creamers or tea spoons, tea time recipes, or a trip to a Tea Shop, all are welcome here at Tea Time. 

Have a beautiful day friends and enjoy your cup of tea!

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Sandi,
    Thanks so much for hosting!

    So sorry to learn of the loss of your Dear uncle. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.....

    Love the white tea set! So charming as are the lovely tea cups and saucers.....


  2. So nice to be back at your tea party, Sandi. That quote from Anne always seems so appropriate for northern springs, doesn't it? Your white teapot and sugar and creamer do look so nice together, and I love the green transfer ware teacups. The find of the sugar bowl was serendipitous!
    Hope you feel better soon. xo Deborah

  3. So kind of you to host while being sick! How fun to have a complete tea set! It was meant to be. I just love that teapot with the little bird on top. I haven't see too many green teacups like your Staffordshire, but I'm just learning about transferware and really enjoy the scenes on those teacups. Glad spring has finally come your way! Blessings for a good week!

  4. Dear Sandi,
    thank you so much for sharing your precious memories with us. You found so lovely and warm words to describe your family, especially your beloved uncle. I hope that the beauty of the spring will donate you some solace.
    Hugs from Siret

  5. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your uncle, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! Thanks for the tea party and I hope you feel better soon! I love white tea sets and yours is so pretty, especially the adorable tea pot with the little bird on the top! Love the gorgeous green Staffordshire tea cups :) Warm hugs, Poppy

  6. We have missed you at the tea parties but understand. I have been including you in my prayers! Thanks for sharing your little special tea find. How nice it mathe what you had already. My cousin in New Brunswick says the ice is not fully out in Belle Isle Bay! But glad to hear Spring is coming to the rest.

  7. Love the quote you shared about friends being sugar bowls! Your Gracie tea set is lovely. Glad you're enjoying spring on the island, and hope you're over your cold soon. ~ Phyllis

  8. How beautiful everything is, Sandi! The finding of the complete tea set was such a serendipitous surprise. And I love the green and white teacups. I was just thinking this morning (long before seeing this!) how much I like green & white dishes.

  9. I love your sweet tea today, Sandi. Isn't that nice that you have a complete tea service? It's so darling,too, and like you said, will go with all your transferware pieces. I do love your green teacup with the the scene. I like to picture myself in the cottage scenes. Your quotes always hit the spot for me, Sandi, and I so love reading them. Thank you for hosting and you're still in my thoughts and prayers, my friend.

  10. You have a beautiful post today Sandi, You have been missed...sorry to hear about your loss....hugs...

  11. Hi Sandi,
    So glad to hear that Spring has Sprung on PEI! I like the L.M. Montgomery quote you used. The sound of birds chirping has got to be one of the most beautiful sounds ever. I thank God for those birds often and the fact that he gave us ears to hear such blessed sounds.
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Uncle.
    Have a blessed day and thanks for hosting,

  12. Thank you for being so kind to host today, and with a cold to boot! The pretty whites in your collection I'm sure are so versatile! Very lovely. Love the green transferware, too! I just recently realized a silver sugar and creamer I bought though not the same maker are the same pattern as an antique tea kettle of nice when that happens! Have a beautiful week!

  13. Hi Sandi,
    So glad that you are back. You were missed! Love the new "surprise" tea set that you have found. I recently found a cream and sugar to match a teapot too and was overjoyed. It's actually more fun to find the pieces one by one. Your tea set is absolutely charming with the green transferware and gorgeous yellow tulip. Beautifully springish! Happy Tea Day and thank you for hosting! Karen

  14. the quote

    A friend is the sugar bowl in the tea party of life,
    Sweet and satisfying to the soul. ~ unknown

    I must use that somehow!

  15. Hi Sandi!

    It's always nice when you find individual pieces that end up being a perfect match! Your lovely white tea set will go well with many designs.

  16. That is a great find and a nice surprise that they all match Sandi! Your green and white cup and saucer are so pretty and the tray of tea things with yellow tulips is very springy looking. Blessings. Pam

  17. What an amazing find and to have it go with your other ones is even better ! fate I say , fate lol ! I am sorry for your loss and for you not feeling well ! I do hope you are feeling better now nothing worse then a rotten cold hanging about ! I am glad that you have finally got spring there . Lovely photos I do enjoy your different tea sets all soo pretty ! Nothing like a cuppa tea I tell ya has always been the best drink in our house that's for sure lol . I think I was raised with milky tea in my bottle as a baby as me parents were Brits lol ! I can remember even having my own special tea cup as a kid as well ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good week !

  18. Sandi, I am sorry for the loss of your Uncle. I am so happy you found the sugar and creamer. That is a happy circumstance! I hope you get to feeling better! Thanks for hosting!

  19. Sorry to hear of your loss. I love your green transferware ! Your quotes are beautiful !

  20. First of all...I am sorry for the loss of your dear uncle, it's sad when we have a dear uncle, I know too.
    Blessings to you and yours.
    Your white tea dishes are gorgeous...although I love all dishes, I am drawn to the white ones the best. Love the birdie on the teapot, so sweet.
    Thank you for hosting pretty lady.
    Have a lovely week.

  21. I like little the garden and maybe even the kitchen too Sandi. It wouldn't be hard to miss a matching set when the pieces are separated but such a pleasant discovery!
    Have a good week.

  22. Well Sandi, I'm feeling poorly too - full of flu so I commiserate with you today.
    Beautiful china pieces as always, I'm hopeful I will find a piece of Transfer ware here one day, I'm looking for the old rose pink.
    Take care and bless you for hosting and putting up a post when you're not feeling well - thank you!
    Shane x

  23. Hi Sandi,

    It is always hard to lose a loved one but nice to have all your memories of good times with them.
    I hope you are feeling better today....there is a nasty cold/flu bug going around.
    Love the teacups and the lovely tea set too.

    Thank you for hosting,

  24. How wonderful to find out you have a whole set and didn't know,those are really lovely pieces.Hope you are feeling better soon.

  25. Great picture quality.... lovely tulips. Take good care of yourself!

  26. So glad to see you are back Sandi.. I do hope that you get better. It has probable been too much for you so please get some rest sweet friend.

    As always, your tea setting is lovely. The cream tea set is just perfect. It can be paired with lots of pieces.

    Please take care.



  27. Hi! Visiting from Share Your Cup. My condolences on the loss of your beloved uncle. Your post is lovely. I love your white teapot set. I'm a fellow Canadian and a new follower. Get better! Diane

  28. Sandi, so sorry to hear about your Uncle. We do move on with our lives, but thankfully they are forever in our thoughts! Hope you are feeling better. It's fun realizing that you have the complete set. lol! Sounds like something I would do. Love the green transferware teacups! Thanks for sharing your lovely tea with SYC.

  29. Sandi, I love that tulip. I'm glad you put it large too b/c as I scrolled through your post, there it was, a huge reminder that spring is definitely here. And also glad that you found the teapot. Those kinds of finds are fun. Wishing you a gentle weekend. Hugs.

  30. Hi Sandi ~ Glad you're back, but sorry you came back sick. As if your sadness was not enough. Glad you shared your happy discovery with us. I don't think I've ever discovered I had a set I didn't know about; that would be fun! I just made a cake that goes sooo good with English Breakfast tea -- my Grandma's Little Yellow Cake with Caramel Icing. I used blue and white china for it.

  31. Good evening personally your post is wonderful.. Cute story I love the sugar bowl you found and to find out they all match is great they are lovely all of them. Loving those sweet grren and whit transferware teacups .. Have a blessed weekend with love Janice


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